Africa: The AU's Resourceful Consensus
Over the past five years, the African Union (AU) has become much more committed to natural resource governance. Previously, continental organisations had formulated symbolic… Read more »
Africa: Is China Bankrolling Regional Security?
China intensifying its engagement with the African Union (AU) is indicative of the extent of its activities across the continent. The AU Commission was officially admitted into… Read more »
South Africa: 'Only 14.5% of South Africans Surveyed Say "The People" Govern'
Esteemed dignitaries and guests, ladies and gentlemen, colleagues, friends, Read more »
Africa: Putting the U.S. First, At Africa's Expense
In November 2016, the United States (US) concluded one of the most divisive presidential elections in its history. It is also hard to identify any public policy issues around which… Read more »
Africa: My Brother's Keeper
A prominent thread in the conversation about Africa's development since the end of the Cold War has been the need for good governance. The continent's resource and economic… Read more »
Africa: AU Falling Behind On Safety
Continuous bloodletting by extremist groups in Africa in recent years has brought into question the African Union's (AU) capability and willingness to combat terrorism on the… Read more »
Rwanda: How Inclusive is the Reconciliation Project?
In 1994 a new government came to power in Rwanda after the country had seen a genocide that claimed the lives of about three quarters of the Tutsi ethnic minority. The Rwanda… Read more »
Africa: South Africa Puts Africa Last
South Africa's recent announcement that it is to withdraw from the International Criminal Court (ICC) appears to conform to its Africa First agenda. Read more »
Africa: Morocco in, SADR Out
When Morocco's King Mohammed VI delivered a royal letter to the African Union (AU) summit in Kigali last July, some saw it as a major turning point in one of Africa's oldest… Read more »
Africa: Who Takes the Top Seat?
As the African continent continues its struggle for improved governance and security, with some of its poorer nations lurching from one crisis to the next, the leadership of the… Read more »
Gambia: The Gambia's Timeline - Dawn of a New Era
· December 6: The electoral commission says that Barrow has won the election more narrowly than originally thought, and with a lower turnout. He garnered 43.2% and Jammeh… Read more »
Africa: African Union's Language of Democracy Shields Despots
Critics have long argued that the African Union (AU) supports the authoritarian rule of many of the leaders of its member countries. They say it is little more than an old boys'… Read more »
Africa: The AU's Funding Woes Continue
In July 2016, at its summit in Kigali, Rwanda, the African Union (AU) unveiled a new funding model. The new fiscal plan was expected to raise about $1,2 billion annually - or… Read more »
Morocco: Righting the Wrongs for Nation's Tamazigh People
Although Morocco largely avoided the turmoil seen in other North African countries during the Arab Spring protests five years ago it did not escape unscathed. A popular protest… Read more »
Africa: Imagining a Self-Sufficient African Union
Since independence half a century ago, African leaders have periodically launched continent-wide initiatives aimed at reducing and eventually ending the continent's dependency on… Read more »
Africa: Fair's Fair - Giving the AU Its Due
The African Union (AU) has often been subjected to a barrage of denigration in the media. This is not without a basis in fact. Nevertheless, it must also be said that critics often… Read more »
Ghana: 'World Banks' Provide Votes
It's an unspoken rule in Ghana that being born into an ethnic group associated with one of the two leading political parties means that you are destined to be a supporter of that… Read more »
December 15, 2016
Africa: Refocusing U.S.-Africa Partnership for the Trump Era
The dust is finally settling on the shock election of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States (US). Beyond the world's generalized anxiety, Africa more than ever… Read more »
December 12, 2016
Cote d'Ivoire: 'Foreigners' in Their Own Homeland?
In October 2016 Côte d'Ivoire will hold a referendum on constitutional reforms. While president Alassane Ouattara perceives this as an opportunity to modernise the… Read more »
December 05, 2016
Africa: Glaring Inequality
Between "Brexit" Donald Trump, 2016 seems to be a year of political rewards for those that demonise minorities and disparage immigrants. And while the rhetoric has turned… Read more »
November 08, 2016
Nigeria: 'We Are Refugees in Our Own Land'
Traditional leaders in Riyom, a town in Plateau State, say they have been suffering for 15 years. Since the turn of the century their tribe, the Berom, has been locked in conflict… Read more »
October 31, 2016
Kenya: Divided Since 1963
Last year three Kenyan universities closed indefinitely after a poisonous division emerged between two groups of students contesting the outcome of their respective leaders'… Read more »
October 17, 2016
Africa: Reporting Ethnicity in African Politics
As a journalist I have covered a range of conflicts, some of which had a clearly ethnic dimension. But ethnicity is a multidimensional concept that blends race, colour, creed,… Read more »
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